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  • University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Madison
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

What was the stress level of the interview?

7 out of 10

How you think you did?

2 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

1

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Why do you want to become a doctor?" Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 2)?

"Why did you apply specifically to UW-Madison?" Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 3)?

"Do you have any questions for me?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Nothing. My interviewer asked me the Big-3 questions, and that was all." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Why do you want to come to UW-Madison? I had stayed with a medical student host the night before and had learned a lot of interesting things about the school, but when it came time for the interview, I was so tongue-tied that I couldn't come up with a coherent answer. I think I wound up babbling about the design of the medical school building (which is really impressive, but sadly, a really strange answer)." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Browsed UW-Madison's website, read sd.net, prepared a few questions to ask my interviewer." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Regarding the school itself, UW-Madison is unique in that it offers a "state-wide campus"--you can do your rotations at many different sites all over Wisconsin. Also, PDA's are issued to all 3rd-year students, and they become a part of your rotation experience. Students seem very friendly and happy, and they are relaxed enough to have fun, dressing up for Halloween on the day of my interview. They also have a community structure within the student body so that you can socialize with both upper- and lower-classmen in the medical school. Outside of school, Madison and the entire UW-Madison campus is absolutely breathtaking. My student host took me on a tour of the entire campus (undergraduate and other grad school campuses included), and it's good that we drove a car because the area we covered was enormous. The buildings are beautiful and full of historic character, and the maple trees in autumn there look amazing. The medical school itself is newly built, and both its interior and exterior have a very aesthetic design, and it is connected to all(?) the other buildings in the health sciences campus, including the main hospital. Wisconsin is very lively and full of character (and crazy football fans), and Lake Mendota seems like an excellent place to have fun and sightsee. Also, housing there is relatively cheap (like most locations in the Midwest). My student host really seemed to love her school, for good reason." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"My interviewer didn't really seem focused on the interview. He didn't show any evidence that he had looked over my application, and he followed up on my answers to the questions he had posed by answering the questions again himself." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"If the school you're interviewing at offers a host program, do seriously consider taking it. My student host was exceptionally nice and informative, and she took me on a tour of the UW-Madison campus that took made me appreciate UW-Madison not just for its medical school, but for the entire university and the city around it. From my interview here, I realized just how great the student host program can be." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"A terrific and beautiful school with a unique curriculum. My interview was itself not the best one I've ever had, but my student host and the medical students were very nice and produced an excellent feeling overall about the school." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/29/2004

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